Tej Gurung is a young and energetic entrepreneur in Nepali tourism industry. Born on Baiskah 1, 2038 BS in Sertung VDC of Dhading district, Gurung is the managing director of Nepal Alternative Treks and Expeditions.
Gurung spent his childhood days in his birthplace itself. As there was no school in his village, his father enrolled him at a school in Sertung Gaun which lied 30 minutes away from his birthplace. He was just six years old then. Later he joined a secondary school in Chalish Gaun, which was at a distance of two hours from his birthplace. Despite hardships, the young Gurung excelled in his study. “I studied hard because he realized why my parents wanted me to study so much when my other friends were working as labors in farmland,” he added.
The country was celebrating Visit Nepal Year 1998 – a yearlong tourism promotional campaign – when Gurung completed highs school education. He knew about tourism, its prospects and challenges because of the campaign. The young Gurung had made up his mind; he wanted to pursue a career in tourism.
After high school, he came to Kathmandu for higher education. He enrolled in Saraswati Campus and started working on a part-time basis. Soon it became difficult for Gurung to continue work and study. So he gave up study, and started working on a fulltime basis. He worked for about one and half years as trekking porter and eventually became a trekking guide. Later, he resume study and completed Intermediate and Bachelors level from Tribhuvan University. He earned a Masters degree in Nepali language from the same university. He recently completed Masters in Tourism Studies from Kathmandu Academy of Tourism and Hospitality.
His first job in the tourism sector was with Nepal Vision Treks as a trekking porter. He was referred to the post by Kul Bahadur Gurung, whom he fondly calls Kul Dai, who is also from Sertung village. He eventually took trekking guide training and joined Alliance Trekking after working at Nepal Vision for nearly six years. In 2008, he, together with two friends, Rankesh Gurung and Himal Ghale, opened a new company – Nepal Alternative Treks and Expeditions. “Later, they left the company. Today I am the sole owner of this company,” added Gurung.
Gurung got married 14 years ago. His wife Sunita assists him in his business as an executive director. The couple is blessed with two sons – one is 12 years old and another just turned 3.
Apart from business, Gurung is also involved in social works. He established Rising Nepal Youth Club – a social organization – in 2003 to work at the grassroots level on different social issues. Through the organization, Gurung has conducted social awareness programs, medical camps and provided sport equipment to local youth. He led the organization for three years. He was also elected as the president of Ghantaghar Sahitya Sangam – a literature institution. Among others, the institution published a literary magazine named ‘Akunchan’. Gurung is also the senior vice president of Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee which is working in the Ruby Valley area of northern Dhading. Gurung also presented a working paper at the 11th International Conference on IT Application and Management organized in Taiwan.
Gurung has also interested in music. He has published a folk music album named ‘Mayako Pirati’. He composed and sang all the songs. His wife Sunita also sang in the album. He is preparing to publish his second folk album ‘Sukeko Daali’ very soon.